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Naas preview

Updated: Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 17:20 | Comments

Aidan and Joseph O'Brien team up with Palace in the feature at Naas
Aidan and Joseph O'Brien team up with Palace in the feature at Naas

The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Naas Oaks Trial offers Palace a chance to regain the winning thread and follow in the hoofprints of stable companion Venus De Milo, who won this 12 months ago.

The daughter of Fastnet Rock finished seventh in the Oaks at Epsom earlier this month and she'll be out to reverse the Irish 1,000 Guineas form with Avenue Gabriel, who may struggle to confirm her superiority going up to a mile and a quarter for the first time.

Carla Bianca broke her maiden in impression fashion at Navan recently and given she got within three-quarters of a length of Derby hero Australia on her racecourse debut at the Curragh last season, there should be more to come from Dermot Weld's filly over this trip.

The action gets underway at 6.00 with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden, in which Weld will be hoping Baroque Poet can build on his encouraging debut effort.

The master of Rosewell also saddles two interesting newcomers on the card in Intisaab and Sarafiyla, and both command plenty of respect in the New BBQ Format At Naas Maiden and Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden respectively.

The unexposed Share A Secret is just 5lb higher than when breaking her duck at Fairyhouse a fortnight ago and could be worth latching on to in the KC Civil Engineering Supporting Naas Hurling Handicap, while in-form pair The Ring Is King and Flic Flac lock horns in the OnePlace IT Supporting Naas Hurling Handicap, and supporters of the former will be pleased to see Joseph O'Brien back in the saddle.

The Revamp Building And Renovations Supporting Naas Hurling Apprentice Handicap has assembled a select field of eight and Eloge can back up an improved performance at Navan recently.

The three-year-old finished a close third off 1lb lower on that occasion and the fourth horse Tom Dooley has since won a handicap at Gowran Park.

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